Luis Suarez ended last season with eight goals in his last 12 Liverpool appearances, taking his tally to a European-high 31 for the entire league campaign.
This was four more than Diego Costa, three superior to Lionel Messi and on par with Cristiano Ronaldo.
It is not going overboard to say that Liverpool cannot replace Suarez, even with the £75m they will receive from Barcelona.
So the question is, who is the best player available that can fill the Uruguayan’s boots if Liverpool are going to defy odds of 10/1 to win the Premier League?
And the correct answer is Marco Reus, who is 5/2 to join the Reds in this current transfer window.
Reus ended the last campaign with 11 goals in his last 12 games for Borussia Dortmund and was meant to be the player the Germany national team was built around at the World Cup, until getting injured in the 6-1 pre-tournament friendly success over Armenia.
The 25-year-old is at his deadliest when cutting in from the left and has the ability to both score and create like Suarez.
Only Angel di Maria assisted more goals across the top five leagues than Reus, while Suarez, Ronaldo, Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were the only four players to either score or create a greater number of their team’s goals.
Furthermore, it was only David Silva that averaged more key passes than Reus and the German may prove an even greater supplier of chances to Daniel Sturridge, while being no slouch in the scoring department himself.
On the whole, Reus and Suarez pretty much ended last season with similar pass success rates, similar attempted dribbles, similar tackles per game and a similar number of passes.
Suarez offers more goals, but Reus will bring more assists, is over two years younger, costs virtually half the amount, brings little on-pitch trouble and extra versatility in the position in which he plays.
He is the best player that Liverpool could sign this summer, despite their ongoing need for a left-back in particular.
UPDATE: Marco Reus rejects improved deal at Dortmund.
Die Borussians are keen to remove the release clause from his current contract, but the German international isn’t playing ball.
His current terms tie him the Westfalenstadion for three more years, but these signs suggest he won’t be extending his stay beyond this time, which gives the Reds further cause to move for the goal-getting midfielder now before a fatter cat pounces.